The Gemütlichkeit Foundation, the charitable arm of La Crosse Festivals, Inc., awarded $1000 scholarships to deserving seniors from nine Coulee Region high schools. Pictured with 2016 Festmaster Joe Kruse are the 2017 scholarship winners: Front row (l to r): Kristen Spencer – La Crosse Aquinas; Jenna McNamara – Onalaska Luther; Alexa Hosch – Onalaska Back [...]
The 2017 Oktoberfest Button Design was made public on Friday, March 10, 2017 at the 4th annual Forks and Corks fundraiser for the Gemutlichkeit Foundation. La Crosse artist Dave Riel submitted the selected design based on the theme Prost to the Midwest Coast! Read more about Dave, his design and his perspectives on Oktoberfest and [...]
Joe and Barb Kruse were named 2016 Festmaster and Frau of the 56th Oktoberfest celebration at the Festmaster Ball held Friday, September 30 at the La Crosse Center South Hall. One of Kruse's first duties will be to reign over the 2016 Maple Leaf Parade through La Crosse on Saturday morning, October 1. Read more [...]
Sue Weidemann, a marketing and communications professional from Holmen, was named 2016 Mrs. Oktoberfest on Tuesday evening, September 27, at a recognition dinner held at UW-La Crosse. She is pictured above with her husband Mike. From her nomination... "If you simply look at the vast list of community organizations and volunteer involvement Sue Weidemann has [...]
La Crosse has a new "selfie spot" on the Southside Oktoberfest Grounds with the unveiling of a new mural crafted by two UW-La Crosse art students. Julie Pleshe and Bekah Kienzle created the early 1960's "hello from..." post-card style mural as an art project as part of their undergraduate research into murals in urban settings. [...]
Mattie Mae Krause was selected Miss La Crosse/Oktoberfest 2016 from a field of seven contestants at the pageant held Staurday, September 24 at the La Crosse Center South Hall. Krause is a student at UW - La Crosse and the daughter of Leanna and John Krause.